By Jenny Lundquist
Popularity has its pitfalls, and Polly is researching them firsthand during this middle-grade M!X novel.
Polly Pierce likes being the second-most well known lady at Winston Academy, correct after her BFF, Kelsy. reputation comes with particular privileges, like a seat on the most sensible desk within the cafeteria and a coveted spot at the making plans committee for the school’s titanic expertise convey festival, Groove It Up! and because all Polly has to do is trust no matter what Kelsy says, being well known is easy—even if children do name her “Plastic Polly” in the back of her back.
But whilst a freak coincidence takes Kelsy out of the image, Polly is unexpectedly accountable for the Groove It Up! committee. She’s now not ready for her new status—and nor is a person else. Backstabbing neighbors, an intimidating overwhelm, and diva calls for from an injured Kelsy all threaten to derail Polly’s plans. Can she turn out to everyone—and herself—that she has a character of her personal?
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I will consider anything shift within the surroundings then, yet I can’t determine what. “Yes,” central Allen keeps, “and we simply want a bit of readability approximately what Polly desires to do—if she needs to proceed on because the PlanMaster, or if she needs to renounce. ” significant Allen seems to be at me. “Polly, what are your techniques? ” My concepts? the single idea in my head is that I want i may get away—from mother, who might signal me up for Harvard instantly if she may. And from critical Allen, who turns out extra eager about Groove It Up than she does approximately Kelsey. I hesitate earlier than answering, possibly too lengthy, simply because relevant Allen says, “Polly, there are leftover cookies within the academics’ living room, simply down the corridor. Why don’t you seize a few—there’s milk within the fridge—and we’ll choose this up in a couple of minutes. ” i do know she’s attempting to dispose of me—though I’m uncertain why—but I don’t argue, and take a look at to not run from her workplace. contained in the lecturers’ front room I forget about the cookies and ship Kelsey a textual content: Are you there? It takes a minute, yet then: certain. demanding 2 txt with 1 hand tho. I’m assembly with critical Allen. She desires to comprehend if i need to be the PlanMaster or if i need to renounce. I hesitate after which upload: Do you think that i'll do it? I had intended to textual content “should” do it, like even if Kelsey thinks it’s worthy my time. yet as a substitute, I typed “could” do it, like I’m thinking about if Kelsey thinks I’m in a position to plan Groove It Up alone. Which, i suppose i'm. brooding about, I suggest. I look ahead to Kelsey to textual content again. And wait a few extra. whilst it’s transparent Kelsey isn’t going to reply, I go away the academics’ living room. The door to critical Allen’s workplace is cracked open, and that i pay attention whispers. Instinctively, I decelerate. “Oh, Trudy, you mustn’t permit it get to you,” mother is asserting. “People get labored up over Groove It Up. They regularly have. take into accout after we have been in 8th grade? ” “Yes, yet issues are assorted this 12 months. those prizes are making all people loopy. have you learnt what percentage mobilephone calls I’ve bought from mom and dad who wish their child to get a slot at the expertise crew, in order that they could get on television if we win? Or simply because their child is death to work out Shattered Stars? Henry Huff is even insisting that this is often too vital to allow the scholars deal with it. ” “But Groove It Up is usually coordinated via the scholars. It’s culture. ” “That’s precisely what I advised him, yet he’s one in every of our greatest donors, so others hearken to him. i want a win the following, Laura. inform me in truth, do you think that Polly can get the task performed? ” I step toward the door. i do know I should still cough, transparent my throat, make a number of noise, and faux I haven’t simply been eavesdropping. yet I can’t. within the few seconds of silence as we look ahead to Mom’s reaction, I pay attention the query 100 instances over: Can Polly get the activity performed? I listen it such a lot of instances, it’s no longer till imperative Allen says, “Oh, I see,” that I become aware of mother by no means responded the query. “You need to comprehend, Trudy,” mother says, sounding embarrassed. “Polly’s extra of a follower than a pace-setter. And besides, you recognize teenagers this present day.